This Couple Spent Weekends Reviving This 1,500-Square-Foot North Carolina Cottage
As longtime fans of old homes and small towns, Renee and Charles Bullock always dreamed of owning one of Edenton, North Carolina's famed Cotton Mill Village houses, which were originally built for workers at the now-closed textile plant. "We loved the neighborhood's sense of community," recalls Renee, and after 10 years, they got lucky and nabbed a foreclosure in 2017. Built in 1916, this 1,500-square-foot cottage used to be a duplex—notice the two front doors—and required lots of work, which the couple took on themselves. Learning as they went, the Bullocks devoted two years' worth of weekends to fixing up the house. Renee (a quality auditor) and Charles (an electrical project supervisor) grappled with strict budgets of time and money, stringent covenants, and a small footprint. See how they pulled together this vacation home.